A little known fact about May is that its National Self Discovery month. I didn’t realize that was a thing until a few days ago but I found it extremely fitting. Late April and this month have been the peak of the time I’ve spent reinventing myself. This transition was not planned. It just happened and it actually took me awhile to catch on to what was happening. But I’ll save the reinventing yourself stuff for another post.
To be brief though, starting in late April, I began getting in touch with my spirit, personal vibrations, and the energy that is all around us. I’m not sure what brought me to find this amazing path I’m on now towards spiritual peace but I am quite happy with it. Learning that I have an extremely intuitive nature and a natural knack at manifesting what I want to have around me, I began to read more into it. I’ve explored reiki, crystal healing, essential oils, incense, energy work, and even non-denominational witchcraft.
Today, I want to tell you a little bit about reiki and how you can incorporate some of it into your life without any type of formal education. Even my fiancé has been using these methods. It’s cleared up our minds and has helped to avoid the usual stress and anxiety that would shadow us.
The 5 Principles of Reiki
There are 5 basic principles of Reiki. For those who don’t know, Reiki is a form of energy healing that involves unblocking the energy pathways in the body. By doing so, you can further connect the physical, spiritual, and emotional selves.
You don’t need to be a reiki master to practice these principles. You don’t even have to be interested in reiki to practice them. The most amazing thing about the 5 basic principles of Reiki is that everyone can benefit from them- no matter what you believe in or where you are in your journey.
I’ve included images for each day on my Facebook page. Save them, post them, or use your own image with the hashtag #reikijourney so we can all see how these principles affect your day! If you aren’t already following, do so now at @myminimalistsoul.
1. Just for today I will not worry.
I’ll tell you, two days on telling myself this every time I felt myself getting flustered has been an amazing help. Not only did it offer some major relief from my anxiety, but it’s helped me to focus on what I need to get done. Every time you feel your mind creeping towards the slippery slopes of ‘what if’, stop it. Take a deep breath. Or two or three. And say “just for today I will not worry”. Give yourself permission to not worry today. Don’t worry about worrying tomorrow. Just don’t worry today.
2. Just for today I will not be angry.
Once I stopped worrying, I found that my frustration was now quick to react. Thank you brain! *eye roll* Being frustrated or angry is the least productive way to get something done right? I know when I’m trying to get something to work for the tenth time or my computer is taking FOREVER to load and I only have a limited time before the baby wakes up that if I get angry, whenever it does work or it does load, my mind won’t even been focused on the task at hand anymore. Close your eyes and calmly tell yourself, just for today, I will not be angry. You don’t have to be perfect. And the world we live in is far from perfect so remind yourself to not be angry.
3. Just for today I will be grateful.
Being grateful is something everyone should do every single day. But admittedly it’s a hard practice to put in place. Especially since I don’t mean just saying thank you to people. Just for today, I will be grateful for everything. Be grateful for your shower or bath. For the time spend with friends or family. For the little unexpected laughs and smiles. Be grateful for the little moments in your life. Recognize them as something to be grateful for and they will mean more to you!
4. Just for today I will be kind to others.
Now, I’m not saying you need to go out of your way to do something for someone else. Just for today do something kind of others that you wouldn’t have before. Tell them something nice. Open the door for someone. Compliment someone. Volunteer your time. Offer to help. Anything that would be considered a kind gesture, try doing it and see what happens.
Being kind to others not only puts out positive vibes but when we put that positive, healing vibe out into the universe, guess what. We will in turn attract that same respect and kindness back to ourselves!
5. Just for today I will devote myself to work.
I get it. Work is tiring. It can be draining, annoying, and can make you question why you even tried today. But just for today devote yourself to your work. Whether it’s your actual job or the chores you do around the house, devote yourself to that activity. Be grateful that you can do it and see what happens to your productivity when you actually allow yourself to fully focus on your job.
5 Basic Principles of Reiki Challenge
Obviously, I like challenges but I’ve found that it can be the only way I stick with something or that I follow through with creating a new habit. It’s also a way to be in competition with yourself which is the best kind of competition.
So for this week, I challenge you to practice the 5 Basic Principles of Reiki!
For Monday practice “Just for today I will not worry”.
Carry that with you into Tuesday where you practice “Just for today I will not be angry”.
Bring both of these into Wednesday when “just for today I am grateful”.
Again, bring the lessons and affirmations with you into Thursday for “Just for today I will be kind to others”.
I saved the best for Friday since it’s the end of most people’s work week and all we are doing is counting down the hours until quitting time; “Just for today I will dedicate myself to my work”. If you keep everything rolling from the week on into Friday than you might find this is easier to do then you’d think. But if not at least you’re now armed with all 5 basic principles of Reiki!
Now, I am no Reiki master, so I don’t have all the answers. But I do think that anyone -believing in or practicing or not- can benefit from these 5 basic principles of reiki
Did you do the challenge? How did it help?